Smithline PC - What We Do

OVERVIEW: For each of our areas of focus, we provide forms, checklists and other practical tools customized for each client’s specific needs.  We also provide a series of training programs targeted directly at the issues our clients face in their day-to-day negotiations.

TOOLS:

From forms, checklists and term sheets to deal intake and other process forms, we have an extensive library of resources available for clients.  Example tools include:

  • Deal Checklists and Term Sheets
  • NDA Review Checklist
  • Open Source License Matrix
  • Open Source Use Policies and Briefer Series
  • Contract Process Flow Charts

TRAINING:

In-House Intensives: Our “In-House Intensive” training sessions arm our clients with practical guidance for use in their day-to-day negotiations.  Each session starts with a real-world scenario, such as a request for a certain set of indemnities in a SaaS agreement.  From there we explore the underlying law, provide specific drafting and negotiation tips and close with a group discussion of alternative approaches and solutions.

  • Topics for the one-hour sessions include indemnity, warranty, limitation of liability and division of IP ownership.
  • The training is geared towards in-house legal, finance and deal teams, but all client staff are welcome.
  • Sessions are held in San Francisco or on-site at our client’s offices.

Client-Specific Programs: We also offer training programs to address specific client needs and requests.  Examples of client-specific programs we have provided include:

  • Using Material You Find on the Internet – Copyright Basics
  • Navigating Through Tricky Issues with Procurement
  • NDA Review for Non-Lawyers

“We can count on Smithline PC for insightful feedback, judgment and guidance for any deal. They have become trusted business partners for Adobe’s growing business.”

– Joe Ramirez, VP Licensing & AGC, Adobe Systems

“Pragmatic advisers on the leading edge of licensing, software and technology.”

– Keenan Conder, General Counsel, Tableau Software

“Their knowledge of the law and complex IP negotiations is stunning and their turn-around times are impressively fast.”

– Steve Woolven, President of Applanix (Trimble)

“We have great trust and respect for their work. Their turnaround times and availability are awesome. Most importantly, they really understand our SaaS business.”

– Joe Whitty, VP Finance, Moovweb

What's New

Loretta Lau Certified as EU Privacy Professional

Congratulations to our Associate Loretta Lau on becoming a Certified Information Privacy Professional on European Union data protection (CIPP/E) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Loretta’s full bio is here.... MORE +

Todd Smithline Speaking at Copyright Society on PUBG Case

Todd Smithline will be joining the Copyright Society of Northern California’s panel on “Copyright and Video Game Clones: Battle Royale of the Battles Royale” on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Kilpatrick and Townsend at Noon. More information here.... MORE +

Important Change to MongoDB’s Open Source License

Many of you may be using MongoDB’s open source Community Server database somewhere in your operations or products. A recent announcement and license switch by MongoDB may affect you, so please review the following carefully. Old Reality: MongoDB under AGPL Historically, MongoDB was licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License (“AGPL”). The AGPL is a […]... MORE +